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Meet the team: Jacob Moore

Introducing Jacob Moore, a member of our customer service team at Christy, in this weeks meet the team. Jacob helps with all things customer related, to give you the best Christy experience!

Meet Jacob, a member of our customer service team
Meet Jacob, a member of our customer service team

Name: Jacob Andrew Moore

What is your background?

I started at Christy almost straight after leaving secondary school – I started when I was 17 and I have been here for eight years this month (June).

What is your role at Christy?

Customer Service – Maintaining the e-commerce accounts from an order and customer point of view, as well as handling the first point of contact email address on our website (sales@christy-home.com).

Describe a typical day in your shoes?

I will start the day by clearing anything e-commerce-related that is open, overdue, outstanding or urgent, before moving onto my personal work emails and then the sales email queries – the latter being the most part of my job. For those who work closely with me they know just how bizarre some of them can be. I will then wait for Janet to go into a meeting for the rest of the day so I can talk, before completing my scheduled brew-round at 13:30.

What’s the best thing about working at Christy?

My people. There are so many unique characters in the office. I generally enjoy the vibe in the office.

What is your biggest achievement so far?

Buying my own property at the age of 21.

What is your favourite Christy product and why?

It was actually a Kingsley bed linen range called Eclipse. It was cheap, nice and vibrant – and I like the colour purple. It was available when I first started and it reminds me of when I first went into full-time work. Karen designed it and when I told her it was my favourite she said it was her worst! Shows how much I know…

What is your favourite quote/book/podcast?

I watch virtually every episode of The Joe Rogan Experience (JRE) – my favourite podcast, which is also streamed live on YouTube.

What is your hidden talent?

100m sprint (although not so much anymore…) I used to represent Stockport regionally and I still hold the school record.

When you are not at Christy, what is your favourite thing to do?

I’m usually watching Stockport County most weekends and I also go to Warrington Wolves when I’m not at County. Anything football, rugby league or drinking related (preferably all at the same time…)

Who inspires you?

Rob Burrow – a recently retired rugby league player with motor neurone disease.

If you were stranded on a desert island what would be your 3 luxury items?

Cholula Hot Sauce, water-to-ethanol making kit, SPF 100.

What’s your favourite desk snack/drink?

Coffee – ground, not instant.

Are you a morning person or night owl?

There are not many better feelings than getting up extra-early and completing a run, before having the whole day ahead of you…

 

Niharika: Meet The Team

Meet Niharika, our go to mastermind for Brand Merchandising!

Meet Niharika Christy Brand Merchandiser
Meet Niharika

Name: Niharika Puri

What is your background?

I am a Textile Graduate with a Master’s degree in International Fashion Business: Buying and Merchandising management. My professional journey of 16 years in Textile and Fashion industry has been very exciting. Started my career with a Manufacturing company wherein I learnt how the textile clothing is made right from the Yarn to final finished product.

With this extensive industrial exposure, I then moved to Sales and Marketing role wherein I learnt the new skills like Price negotiations, managing Sales Targets, interpersonal and communication skills etc. Technical background played a vital role in this move as I knew very well what I am selling and now I am using my Analytical and Numerical skills in crunching numbers in the current role.

What is your role at Christy?

I work as a Brand Merchandiser for Christy and Associated brands.

Describe a typical day in your shoes?

Every day is a challenging day and always brings something new and exciting for me

A typical day is more of reviewing Sales trends, monthly sales targets Category and Product performance, demand and supply trends, analysing seasonal buys and working through Rebuy requirements.

What’s the best thing about working at Christy?

Definitely, Positive work place culture and Team around.

We at Christy work as one big happy family. It feels so amazing to see the team work, transparency, trust and respect for each other. Feels like home

What is your biggest achievement so far?

I always say to myself “Best is yet to come” and this drives me to take on new tasks and do something new and better every day.

One of the key achievement is when Strategic planning and business decisions are taken based on my analytical data and presentations.

What is your favourite Christy product and why?

I love our bestselling Bedlinen Accessory: Jaipur Throw in Peacock and Magenta colours. This product also reminds me about beautiful city Jaipur located in Rajasthan India (also known as Pink city)

What is your favourite quote/book/podcast?

“Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have…”

Gautam Buddha

What is your hidden talent?

My family likes my cooking and I do have some fan following at work as well. My veg Pastries which I normally prepare on baking day are always in demand.

When you are not at Christy, what is your favourite thing to do?

When I am not working, I really love to spend time with my family. My little munchkin keeps me busy all the time.

Who inspires you?

My mother inspires me the most. Being a full time working woman the way she managed family and three kids is amazing. I am trying to follow her footsteps.

If you were stranded on a desert island what would be your 3 luxury items?

My phone obviously with unlimited wifi, Sunscreen and Aladdin’s magical carpet

What’s your favourite desk snack/drink?

I try to be healthy, like to eat nuts or roast chick peas.

Are you a morning person or night owl?

I would consider myself both really depends but yes a good night sleep is really important for me.

 

Meet the team: Janet Potter

Do you want to see the faces behind Christy? Each week we are doing a Q&A with our wonderful team. Meet Janet, Head of Customer Service at Christy, in this weeks meet the team.

Meet Janet, Head of Customer Service
Meet Janet, Head of Customer Service (in the pink)

Name

Janet Potter ( no relation to Harry)

What is your background

Started work at 15 as an office junior, best experience for anyone, teaches respect, understanding of other people’s roles, needs, and who has sugar in the coffee! It takes you a long way.

What is your role at Christy?

I am currently Head of customer Services.

Describe a typical day in your shoes?

There are no 2 days the same as we are planning and reacting to customer demands both internal and external and that often means you have to deal with the here and now and can’t always finish the job you started. We interact with every department to make sure we service what the customer would like when they would like it, often a challenge but we do manage. Meetings can often take up a lot of my time.

What’s the best thing about working at Christy?

Birthdays. As we have cake (only joking), camaraderie, support, product of course and people.

What is your biggest achievement so far?

Implementing SAP for the business in 6 months time scale. Followed by getting the Championship Towels on centre court with the finalist names on for the 1st time.

What is your favourite Christy product and why?

900TC Sateen. Sheer luxury, so soft and you just feel special as soon as it touches you.

What is your favourite quote/book/podcast?

(Quote) Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. Book (Agent Zig Zag)

What is your hidden talent?

Not sure I have found it yet…Not singing for sure!

When you are not at Christy, what is your favourite thing to do?

Watch Rugby, Live Bands, Seaside & Drink Gin.

Who inspires you?

The Queen

If you were stranded on a desert island what would be your 3 luxury items?

Radio, Face Cream, Sunglasses

What’s your favourite desk snack/drink?

Chocolate Biscuit. Cup of Tea

Are you a morning person or night owl?

Both. Wake up singing (badly) and never know when to go home when I am out.

In next weeks meet the team, we introduce Niharika!

 

Meet the Christy team: Merchandiser Jemma

Meet Jemma

What is your background?

I have always worked in Retail, starting my career working for the sports company All:sports, where I made the transition from store management into merchandising. I then started my employment with Christy 15 years ago in the merchandising department and have never looked back since.

What is your role at Christy?

Merchandiser

Describe a typical day in your shoes?

A typical day spent in the Christy office could be anything from sales analysis, stock forecasting and product enrichment for web sites or reviewing our beautiful range designed by our very talented Design/PD team for the future seasons. Oh and obviously working through the many emails that filter through during the course of the day.

What’s the best thing about working at Christy?

Without doubt the best thing about Christy (aside of our amazing brand) is the people. We all work well together and it’s a pleasure to work with such a great team! It is like having a second family.

What is your favourite Christy product and why?

I’ve had many different towel ranges over the years but for me it has be the Renaissance towel. This range really does as it says, it’s luxurious and timeless and some of my Renaissance towels are now 15 years old and they still look and feel as good as new! I’m also partial to a bit of brushed cotton bedding in the Winter months and for those who know me well know I’m always cold.

What is your favourite quote/book/podcast?

I love this famous quote, which I’m sure you’ve all heard before but it’s now more poignant in our current times – ‘Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass……It’s about learning to dance in the rain’.

What is your hidden talent?

I used to play football for Stockport Ladies (my hometown) and although I’ve not played for a long time, I can still do a few tricks with a ball at my feet.

When you are not at Christy, what is your favourite thing to do?

Spending time with family, which now in these difficult times makes you realise how precious they are. I’m also an avid football fan, so I spend a lot of time supporting my team and watching football.

Who inspires you?

At this difficult moment in time, anyone working on the front line, putting their own lives at risk to help save others, especially those that are going above and beyond for others in need.

If you were stranded on a desert island what would be your 3 luxury items?

I don’t like silence, so it would be something I could play music on. A large bottle of water to stay hydrated and without question my large Renaissance bath towel!

What’s your favourite desk snack/drink?

You can’t beat a good cup of tea and a chocolate digestive or two.

Are you a morning person or night owl?

Definitely a night owl and I always function better after a good 8 hours sleep!

 

Meet the Christy Team: Heather Bilyk

Get to know our Christy Product Developer, Heather B, in this weeks meet the Christy team!

Meet the Christy Product Developer, Heather B
Meet the Christy team: Product Developer, Heather B

What is your background?

Originally I graduated as a surface pattern designer from Liverpool John Moores University but I soon fell in love with product development. I have been working in buying/product development roles for the past 10 years and have worked on a wide range of products from baby toys, to cookware and even the exciting world of DJ equipment! I have been at Christy for over 3 years now which has flown by.

What is your role at Christy?

My role is product developer across Christy England bed linen and filled product.

Tell us about a typical day for you at Christy?

Most days involve a lot of communication with suppliers. We have suppliers all over the world from Pakistan, India, Turkey, Portugal, China and here in the UK. You have to be quite well organised in product development so there are a lot of spreadsheets such as range plans and critical paths. I also like a list – its helps me to keep on top of my daily jobs. There is always a lot to manage from negotiating costs, to creating production specifications to checking samples/labels/packaging. We get involved in all aspects of the products journey and plan the timelines accordingly.

What’s the best thing about working at Christy?

The best thing about working at Christy is the people. I am so lucky to work with such a fantastic team, we have such a laugh together and there is always someone there to support you if you need it. The designers are so talented and it’s always very exciting to see their creations come to life. My favourite part of the job is managing a product through its lifecycle from concept all the way through production and into stores and online.

What is your biggest achievement so far?

I always feel a big sense of achievement when we exhibit at Heimtextil in Frankfurt. It’s the biggest international trade fair for home and contract textiles. We have a massive 2 story stand – basically the size of a large 3/4 bedroom house! It’s always a proud moment to see everyone’s hard work come together and presented in such an amazing way for everyone to see. It makes me proud to work for Christy. Especially the show in January this year as our stand was very impressive and had a lot of people talking and taking pictures.

What is your favourite Christy product and why?

I love the Agnes throw, we have it in charcoal and we use it to snuggle under when we’re watching a film all together at home. Treacle our Labrador is always trying to steal it away from me!

My other favourite was our Gatsby bed linen in navy. It’s stunning – I love anything art deco and was so excited developing this range. It’s a gorgeous jacquard from Portugal with a cotton sateen reverse – very soft and luxurious.

What is your favourite quote/book/podcast?

To be honest my love is music, so my favourite books are usually music based. I love to read about the Manchester music scene in the 80s/90s and also autobiographies. I’m currently reading Elton John’s. My favourite quotes are song lyrics. I have framed song lyrics all around my house.

What is your hidden talent?

I can make a chicken out of tea towel!! Haha! Other than that I think cooking. I love to cook and my partner Lee is a very talented home cook – he’s been teaching me and now I’m getting pretty good at making healthy home cooked meals for us. During lockdown we’ve been trying to perfect our baking and I have to say our chocolate orange brownies and carrot cake are pretty special!!

When you are not at Christy, what is your favourite thing to do?

I live in a little village in West Yorkshire which is surrounded by fabulous countryside and wildlife. Most weekends are spent exploring on long walks with the dog and then usually followed by a drink in the local pub!

Who inspires you?

At the moment there are a lot of people who are incredible as well as inspirational. In the current situation we find ourselves in there are a lot of people going above and beyond to help others and keep us all safe.

Someone like Captain Tom Moore is also a huge inspiration showing positivity, determination and strength to do something to help others. I think he has made us all stop and think.

If you were stranded on a desert island what would be your 3 luxury items?

Something I could play music on, a bottle of gin and a Christy superior soft touch pillow!

What’s your favourite desk snack/drink?

It’s got to be a good old builder’s brew! I’m known to be quite fussy about my tea. I like it strong and not too milky. I have a stash of extra tea bags in my drawer in case someone makes me a weak cup of tea!

Are you a morning person or night owl?

Definitely not a morning person! It takes at least 3 hours and 2 cups of tea for me to come round in a morning!!

Who would you like to get to know more about in our next meet the Christy team?

 

Meet The Christy Team: Helena Mead

Meet Helena Mead
Meet Helena Mead

Welcome to meet the Christy team! This week, we are introducing our Head of Product Development and Category Management, Helena Mead.

What is your background?

I’ve been at Christy for 10 years now and have worked across a variety of different product areas which has meant I’ve had the opportunity to experience lots of different aspects of the business from developing product for top high street names, to working on our iconic Wimbledon towel to being part of the in-house teams working on our three brands – Christy England, Living by Christy and Kingsley. Before I started in product development I worked in homewares buying at Bhs but I always wanted to be involved in the actual product development so I was very fortunate when the opportunity at Christy came along. And even longer ago than that I studied textile design and design history at university so I have always been lucky enough to work in my chosen field.

What is your role at Christy?

Head of Product Development and Category Management.

Tell us about a typical day for you at Christy?

Because my role works across so many areas very few days are the same. Not only do I work with the design and product development teams, but I also work closely with sourcing, marketing, merchandising, supply and our sales teams. A typical day could involve anything from a development meeting with the design and pd teams, phone calls and meetings with suppliers, a strategy meeting with the sales team, tradeshow preparation with the marketing team and a collection sign off with all departments.

What’s the best thing about working at Christy?

The people, the product and the heritage. I’m part of a brilliant team who support each other through good times and tough times, and make each other laugh pretty much every day. We get to develop great product ranges across all our brands, and through careful product sourcing we can be confident that not only are we developing great quality product but it is sourced responsibly ensuring the environment and the people making the product are respected and protected at all times. Lastly, it’s great to work with a brand with so much history. It’s our 170 year anniversary this year and it’s satisfying to know we are still producing homewares to be proud of in the same city that it started in all those years ago.

What is your biggest achievement so far?

It is always rewarding to see our product in the press, on-line or even in TV shows such as home make over programs and even Downton Abbey, and it is always good to see any collection signed off and launched after all the hardwork that goes into designing and developing the range by the team.

What is your favourite Christy product and why?

That’s a tricky one – I can’t choose just one! Our Jaipur accessories are really soft and cosy and come in a gorgeous range of colours. And I love the colours and textures of our Brixton and Carnaby Stripe towels and Fina mats – all of which have I have at home.

What is your favourite quote/book/podcast?

I enjoy the Mary Portas and Desert Island Discs podcasts. Mary Portas and Lauren Laverne are inspirational in their own right and they interview really interesting and inspiring people across the business and cultural sectors. I read a lot but am hopeless at remembering names and authors. At the moment, having moved fairly recently most of what I read is to do with garden planning and decorating.

What is your hidden talent?

Er, I don’t think I’ve discovered it yet? Perhaps, that I used to be grade 8 cello and piano when I was younger and can just about remember the Elgar cello concerto, although I’m a bit rusty these days.

When you are not at Christy, what is your favourite thing to do?

At the moment, whilst we’re on lock down, it is spending time with my family when I’ve finished working – walking, film nights, trying to home school with my daughter. I also like to garden, run and do yoga to relax. In normal times I enjoy pretty much the same things – just without getting my head round how to teach phonics – plus going to the cinema, galleries and out for food and drink with friends and family.

Who inspires you?

From a work and business point of view, Mary Portas. Her book, “Work Like A Woman” is really inspiring and she talks a lot of sense when it comes to the world of work and to communicating and working with those around us. Also anyone who has the confidence to stand up and make a stand for the environment and for human rights. For such young women, Greta Thunberg and Malala Yousafzai aren’t held back by worrying about what others will think and have had a huge impact in their respective areas. Oh and David Attenborough, who is simply a living legend.

If you were stranded on a desert island what would be your 3 luxury items?

Anything I can listen to listen to music on. Sunglasses and sunhat – are they a luxury or an essential? An outdoor survival book, and if the sunglasses and sunhat aren’t a luxury a Christy Cabana beach towel.

What’s your favourite desk snack/drink?

My team would say flap jacks and cookies from the canteen, obviously chocolate, and I’m known for grazing throughout the day so I also normally have fruit and nuts squirreled away too, plus water and several cups of tea.

Are you a morning person or night owl?

I think I am a late morning person these days! It takes me a while to wake up in the morning but equally I am definitely not a night owl!

Join us for our Meet the Christy Team Q&A next week where we will be introducing Amanda King, the Christy Visual Merchandiser.

 

Meet The Christy Team: Senior Designer Heather Hackett

If you saw our ‘Meet The Christy Team’ blog post with our Head of Design, Lucy Ackroyd, last week you will already know that we have an amazing team. This week, we are introducing Heather Hackett, our incredibly talented Senior Designer in our ‘Meet the Christy Team’ Q&A.

Heather Hackett: Christy Senior Designer
Meet Heather Hackett: Christy Senior Designer

What is your background?

I have been working as a textile designer for the past ten years designing for a number of different brands before joining Christy almost a year ago now. Hand painted watercolours are my speciality and I have been lucky enough to use these skills throughout my career. I studied textile design at university here in Manchester and have travelled around the UK since for different jobs.

What is your role at Christy?

My role at Christy is Senior Designer.

Tell us about a typical day for you at Christy?

I work in the design department with other designers and product development. Every day is different from initial design concepts, research to painting and drawing the designs. We can be in the studio, out on research trips or exhibitions which can take us all over the world.

What’s the best thing about working at Christy?

It’s an inspiring place to be. The people I work make me laugh and smile almost everyday. There are always some kind of sweet treats in the office which can mean extra trips to the gym are needed. I have learnt a lot since working there one of the most important things – how to make a proper cup of tea (apparently you need to squeeze the teabag).

What is your biggest achievement so far?

The launch of the first designs I had done for Christy this year felt like a big achievement. Seeing my work displayed at our first show put butterflies in my stomach. It felt like a new milestone in my career and something I couldn’t have done without the lovely team around me.

What is your favourite Christy product and why?

I love the Brixton towel range. With the deep jewel colours and fluffiest soft feel they are the snuggliest thing to have after a long day.

What is your favourite quote/book/podcast?

My favourite book is “everything I know about love” by dolly. She writes in such a beautiful way it made me laugh out loud and cry out loud, couldnt put it down.

What is your hidden talent?

I can bake to an extent. I make some killer cupcakes, they are nowhere as good as my mums but I would say above average.

When you are not at Christy, what is your favourite thing to do?

I love exploring new places, walking, running, eating (especially eating). I also love a good glass of wine!

Who inspires you?

I am pretty obsessed by Instagram. and follow a number of amazing watercolour artists including a favourite helen dealtry. I love all things textiles including embroidery, so the amazing beading and embroidery of dolce and gabanna and ralph and russo. I’m a bit geeky and like to work out which technique they have use to create the effects, I blame my mum for this. I recently visited a May Morris (daughter of William morris) in Edinburgh, the hand embroidery was absolutely mesmerising I don’t think I could have been much more embroidery geek there! 

If you were stranded on a desert island what would be your 3 luxury items?

Is a phone allowed? So I could call my family, watch yoga videos and repeats of friends . Otherwise a puppy as a friend, a lovely bottle of wine and my sewing machine.

What’s your favourite desk snack/drink?

Any kind of chocolate.

Are you a morning person or night owl?

I would have always said a night owl! But during lockdown I have been getting up early to run, the parks are so peaceful and tranquil at that time so maybe I have changed haha!

Feeling inspired by our Senior Designer?

Watch Heather’s timelapse video below and follow along as she paints the beautiful Prairie design. Why not pull your paints out and get creative?!

Heather paints the beautiful Prairie design.

Next time on ‘Meet the Christy team’, we will chat with Helena, Head of Product Development.

 

Meet The Christy Team: Head of Design Lucy Ackroyd

The Christy team is made up of a multitude of wonderfully talented people that we are incredibly proud to work with. We have put together a ‘meet the Christy’ team Q&A series, so that you can also meet the team and the faces behind Christy. First up, meet Lucy, our Head of Design.

Lucy sketching Christy designs
Meet the team: Lucy sketching Christy designs

What is your background?

I have been at Christy for 17 years now and have had great opportunities to design for just about every part of our business, so there have been plenty of fresh challenges over the years. Before that I worked for another textiles business which was part of Coats Viyella Home Furnishing. I studied Textile Design at college so it is great to have been lucky enough to work in my chosen field all these years.

What is your role at Christy?

Head of Design

Tell us about a typical day for you at Christy?

Happily for me every day is different and the job is really varied. Because we work with so many other functions in the business: Sales, Retail, Marketing, Product Development etc the work that comes in to the team is nicely mixed. There is usually a nice mix of creative stuff along with working on strategy and day to day admin. A real bonus is that we get along so well in our extended department, we work extremely closely with Product Development and we are one big happy family. We have a lot of fun and a lot of brew rounds but the rest of the team would tell you I’m not very good at getting the rounds in myself! Luckily the team are very generous and put up with me!

What’s the best thing about working at Christy?

It is genuinely the people I work with, I bet there’s not a day that goes by when we don’t make each other laugh, during lockdown we’re still doing it, it’s just that it’s now through WhatsApp and email. The second best thing is that we get to develop such lovely product, it is great quality that we would be proud to have in our own homes and that gives us all an extra degree of job satisfaction.

What is your biggest achievement so far?

Honestly, probably seeing my designs in amazing homes on the tv! I’m a huge fan of Grand Designs and George Clarke’s various programmes and my products have found their way into the properties a few times and it’s sad: I’ll be leaping off the sofa and shouting at the screen. I guess it just makes me very happy that someone has chosen something I helped to bring about.

What is your favourite Christy product and why?

I think that has to be Jaipur, our cotton velvet throws and cushions. What makes ours so special are the colours we develop, we can be really on-trend and quite brave with what we put in and the shades look amazing on the gorgeous pure cotton velvet.

What is your favourite quote/book/podcast?

I read a lot of gardening books these days and anything by the late, great Beth Chatto is a massive treat. It feels like listening to an old friend who is very kind, and patient and at the same time really inspiring.

What is your hidden talent?

It’s really geeky: knowing the botanical names of plants: Aesculus hippocastanum is a favourite (Horse chestnut) and Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion)

When you are not at Christy, what is your favourite thing to do?

Gardening, or visiting other gardens for inspiration. Or in the hours of darkness reading about gardens. And if I can’t sleep at night: thinking about gardens.

Who inspires you?

I’m really inspired by people who are doing what they can in their world to help the environment. It seems so overwhelming and such a huge issue that as individuals we feel powerless to effect any change and it’s also easy to sit back and blame politicians or world-powers for the problems we face. But then along comes a community group who have done something amazing like eradicating single use plastic in their town and you realise that we can make huge changes if we all play our part. We just have to look at what we CAN do, rather than feel defeated by what we can’t do.

If you were stranded on a desert island what would be your 3 luxury items?

A book full of gorgeous gardens, a bottle of chilled white wine and a Christy beach towel, of course!

What’s your favourite desk snack/drink?

A cup of tea and a chocy biccie, obviously – anyone who says an apple or something equally healthy is just lying ha ha.

Are you a morning person or night owl?

Well I always used to think I was a night owl, mainly because I’m definitely NOT a morning person. But nowadays I’m lucky to be up after 10pm, I think I may be a mid-afternoon person.

Join us for our Meet the Christy Team Q&A next week where we will be introducing Heather Hackett, the Christy Senior Designer.

 

#LoveYourPetDay

At Christy HQ, we love chatting about all the silly and funny things our pets do! So to celebrate #LoveYourPetDay, we asked team Christy at Christy HQ to send us the cutest shots of their furry friends relaxing on luxury in true Christy style! Get to know our pets below and get ready to say aww and so cute a lot!

Firstly, we would like to introduce you to Frank the pug. Frank is only 2 years old, his mummy tells us that he hates the cold so loves snuggling up to keep warm. Here he is all wrapped up in his Christy Karina throw probably awaiting his cheese on toast as that’s his favourite treat!

Here we have Lady. Lady enjoys snoozing on the very best linens although her very expensive basket is only to the left of her, it doesn’t even get a look in when she knows that she can curl up on her humans Christy bed linen.

This isn’t any pooch taking a little nap on Romeo bed linen… This is a Batdog pooch, a superdog amongst the rest and it is clear to see from Bachus’ position that he is clearly taking a flight in his dreams. Batdog to the rescue!

Being a photogenic cat, Treacle has many poses which she turns on for the camera. Her mummy has told us that Treacle calls this pose her ‘don’t make me get up’ pose and we do not blame her! Christy bed linen is just too good to leave at any time of the day.

Now, Christine did start off by not allowing the dogs on the bed… but look at those puppy dog eyes, it’s hard to say no and Tyah just loves her Oslo throw!

Treacle the Labrador is not really fussed which Christy bed linen and throws she relaxes on as long as it is Christy

Move over human, this is my bed now! This doggo is certainly a royal; Harry the cavalier King Charles often wonders why the humans want to share his bed of Bude Christy dreams.

Ted does not like early mornings. In fact Ted usually lies in until around 11am in his Coniston bed linen and then he STILL needs a little encouragement to leave and go for a walk. His mum and dad are rather jealous of this as Ted usually spends more time in their bed than they do.

 

What a round up of beautiful pets. Make sure you are using the hashtag #MyChristy when you share your photographs of your furry friends on Instagram so we can like and share these!

 

#ChristyMumsKnowBest Q+A with Kiren Owens from @MakingSpacesCount

Mother’s Day – the one day a year where we take the time to thank and celebrate the inspiring women in our lives. A day that is placed in our calendar which encourages us to properly reflect on all of the wonderful things that our mums, nanas, aunties, carers do for us on a daily basis. This day is about appreciating the small things that they do for us every day. Whether this is waking us up in the morning with a coffee or tea, or being there to give advice and guidance on the hurdles that appear throughout our whole lives. Mother’s Day give us a chance to return the favour.

To celebrate Mother’s Day, this Sunday 11th March we asked our friend Kiren, from the amazing interiors Instagram account @MakingSpacesCount to share the wisdom and advice she’s been given from her Mum using #ChristyMumsKnowBest. Team Christy met Kiren at a No House Rules interiors event and we were blow away with Kiren’s Christy story. Get yourself a cup of your favourite drink and take five getting to know Kiren and reading her Christy story.

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Tell us your Christy story.

When I was going away to University at 18, my Mum bought me a set of blue Christy towels- I leaned to appreciate quality and as I grew older I continued to buy from Christy. Now I have the great pleasure of introducing the brand to my Foster children, many of whom have never had comfort and luxury items. To see a child relax in gorgeous fluffy towels, and clean, soft bed linen for the first time is absolutely priceless. And I still have my original blue towels- many years later- they last forever!

When did your passion for interiors begin?

When I bought my first house! I had always loved clothes and fashion and all of a sudden, I had free reign to do as I liked with a whole house! I immediately painted a room in a dark blue, including the ceiling- and I still adore it!

Describe your interior style in 3 words.

Mismatched, sentimental and as my mother in law would say “oohh, that’s…different” (see the faux camel’s head hanging in our snug!)

What’s your favourite room in your home?

My bedroom. I’m very lucky to have a huge bed and I love to sleep. I don’t think I ever grew out of my teenage habits! These days sleep is precious so I enjoy every moment! There’s nothing better than getting into a freshly made bed with clean and luxurious linen!

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

Press the snooze button! Then I go downstairs, give my dogs a cuddle and let my chickens out of their coop! If I’m lucky they’ve laid some gorgeous eggs for breakfast!

What makes you smile the most?

Being at home with my husband and dogs, in front of the fire, eating cake!

In the spirit of #IWD2018, what women have inspired you?

My mum. She went back to work when I was 6 weeks old and has always worked full time, but we always had amazing home cooked food and got taught the value of money.

What’s the best piece of advice or wisdom you’ve ever been given, because our #ChristyMumsKnowBest?

Everything tastes better with cheese on! But on a serious note, be kind.

Thank you so much to Kiren for sharing her Christy story. Make sure you’re following Kiren on Instagram @makingspacescount.

We’d love to hear the best piece of advice or wisdom you’ve ever been given, share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #ChristyMumsKnowBest.

 

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